This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Avoid using it and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The anchor() method creates an <a> HTML anchor element that is used as a hypertext target.




A string representing the name attribute of the a tag to be created.

Return value

A string containing an <a> HTML element.


Use the anchor() method to programmatically create and display an anchor in a document.

In the syntax, the text string represents the literal text that you want the user to see. The name parameter string represents the name attribute of the <a> element.

Anchors created with the anchor() method become elements in the document.anchors array.


Using anchor()

var myString = 'Table of Contents';

document.body.innerHTML = myString.anchor('contents_anchor');

will output the following HTML:

<a name="contents_anchor">Table of Contents</a>


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.anchor' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0. Defined in the (normative) Annex B for Additional ECMAScript Features for Web Browsers.


if (!String.prototype.anchor)
    String.prototype.anchor = function(x){
        return '<a name="' + x + '">' + this + '</a>'

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes11 No Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes

1. Starting with version 17, the quotation mark (") is replaced by its HTML reference character (") in strings supplied for the name parameter.

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